Unfollow : a memoir of loving and leaving the Westboro Baptist Church / Megan Phelps-Roper.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Detroit Lakes Public Library||921 PHE (Text)||33500013144530||New||Checked out||11/23/2019|
- ISBN: 9780374275839
- ISBN: 0374275831
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Edition: First American [edition].
- Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019.
The activist and TED speaker Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, her life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
Tiny Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, is notorious for a number of reasons, among them its members' relentless picketing against gays ("God hates Fags") and at the funerals of fallen soldiers ("Thank God for Dead Soldiers"), the latter of which would lead to a five-year-legal battle that landed in the Supreme Court, whose justices ruled in favor of Westboro on First Amendment grounds. Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps, offers an insider's look at the church and its rationale, "To love our neighbor was to rebuke him, to warn him away from the sins that would result in punishment from God." Picketing as early as age five, the author grew up to become the church's spokesperson on Twitter, where she met the man who would become her husband while, at the same time, she was beginning to question the beliefs inculcated in her by the church. Her doubts eventually resulted in her leaving the church. Hers is a detailed, reasoned account that offers a fascinating look at a still bewildering phenomenon. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
Megan Phelps-Roper is a writer and activist. She left the Westboro Baptist Church in November 2012 and is now an educator on topics related to extremism and communication across ideological lines. She lives in South Dakota.
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